A dental filling is a procedure for repairing teeth damaged by cavities or decay. In some situations the tooth can lose enamel making a tooth sensitive. In this case dental filling material is needed to relieve the tooth.
During a routine dental appointment, Dr. Waind and Dr. Lee can detect cavities and tooth decay. If detected, the doctor will remove decayed material from the affected tooth, then clean the area. Next, he will fill the cavity with porcelain, gold, amalgam or composite resin. The filling material used will protect against bacteria, preventing further decay.
There are cases when a filling is insufficient to repair a cavity or remove tooth decay. In these situations an implant, bridge, root canal, or dental crown may be the required solution. By scheduling regular check-ups with our office, the doctor can detect any problems at an early stage, preventing the need for a more costly procedure.
Preventing Dental Decay
In the past 75 years many new preventive measures have helped greatly to reduce dental disease. Following are some steps for avoiding dental disease. It is easy if you follow these steps:
- Floss your teeth at least once a day
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Choose sugar-free foods and limit snacking between meals
- Eat a balanced diet
- Ask your dentist about fluoride treatment and sealants
- Visit your dentist regularly